- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are preparing for the annual pumpkin catapult contest in Rapid City.

Groups of students will be launching pumpkins high overhead starting at 10 a.m. Saturday in Memorial Park. Points are earned for distance and accuracy and teams can be disqualified if their pumpkins travel more than 100 yards.

The top three teams will be awarded cash prizes. The event is part of a festival that draws nearly 20,000 people every year.

The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival also includes a giant pumpkin weigh-off, chef competition, pumpkin carving contest, musical entertainment, vendor booths and a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”

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